Wednesday morning briefing: A dedication, sharing history and seaweed ice cream

Good morning and welcome to the Wednesday briefing. Dedication set Ready for the unveiling? The Clovis Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, in partnership with the Clovis Curry County Chamber of Commerce will unveil a Coretta Scott King Memorial Bronze Plaque 11 a.m. Friday at Potter Park,. It’s open to the public. Sharing Brenda Crocker […]

Our communities ready to help

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Portales resident Jennifer Neilson, who volunteers at The King’s Children’s Home (KCH) in Belize, recently invited me to a KCH fundraiser ($35,000 and counting) at the packed Underground Embassy in Clovis. Resident artist Andrew Jonathan Merritt’s warning sign amused me: “Unless you are the second coming of Christ, keep your hands off the art.” After […]

About 300 march in Martin Luther King Jr. parade

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Jimmy Gallegos, left, and Richard Vela of Nick Griego and Sons Construction unveil a monument to Coretta Scott King on Monday at Potter Park at the beginning of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade. The monument includes a photo of Coretta Scott King, but event organizers said a plaque […]

Monday morning briefing: MLK Day, perfect fruit pies and prohibition

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. MLK Day There are celebrations and commemorations galore today to mark Martin Luther King Day. In Clovis, the annual walk to commemorate King’s march from Selma to Montgomery gets started at 9 a.m. in Potter Park. In Portales, a similar march starts at 10 […]

Martin Luther King Day parade set for Monday

Benna Sayyed The Clovis Martin Luther King Jr. Commission annual Martin Luther King Day parade starts 9 a.m. Monday at Potter Park, emulating King’s civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery Alabama. The first stop will be at Lincoln-Jackson Elementary, where the commission will stage a short program and offer refreshments. The next stop will […]

Thursday morning briefing: Scholarships, a relay and a Ford on ice

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. King scholarships The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. scholarship breakfast is 9 a.m. Saturday at the Clovis High School Cafeteria. Cost is $10 for adults and $6 for ages 12 and under. Tickets are at the Clovis Curry County Chamber of Commerce and […]

Officials lunch with African royalty

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell City councilors Dianne Parker, left, and Keith Thomas listen to African kings Nzamane and Mukuni talk about their culture Wednesday afternoon. The kings told Portales officials that the Zambian culture is similar to that of New Mexico, which is the reason for their interest in the state. Alisa Boswell Portales […]

Clovis hires basketball coach (Updated)

Kevin Wilson After a month of searching, Clovis High School has a new basketball coach. Matt King, who coached last season at Los Alamos, is planning a 5:30 p.m. Thursday meet-and-greet at Rock Staubus Gymnasium for players and parents from seventh grade and higher. He replaces J.D. Isler, who left earlier this month to take […]

Obama exceeds executive power declaring war

Freedom New Mexico In olden days in foreign lands, the king only had to say, “Attack!” and the nation went to war, for whatever reason he desired. President Barack Obama’s military engagement in Libya’s ongoing war looks more like royal sovereignty than American constitutional government. Our founders constitutionally curbed executive power, requiring presidents to first […]

Bids open soon for new Motor Vehicle Department facility

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Waits at the Clovis Motor Vehicle Department office range from a few minutes to upwards of two and a half hours. Bids for a new facility are being accepted this month. Kevin Wilson Just like the wait at the current Motor Vehicle Department facility in Clovis, the wait for a […]

Wednesday morning briefing: An author, school photos and a king

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Fast fact Michael Blake, the author of “Dances with Wolves” attended Eastern New Mexico University. Website of the day This is a link to a collection of photos of construction projects going on at Clovis Municipal Schools: http://www.cms.k12.nm.us/operations/construction-gallery/Main.html Question of the day Freezing one […]

Police blotter —

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 3 p.m. Jan. 7 an officer responded to the area of 21st Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard for a crash report. A woman said she was driving north on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and her vehicle started pulling […]

Warm weather greets MLK marchers

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Organizers of the 19th Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative march said more than 300 people showed up for Monday’s event. Sharna Johnson More than 300 people joined a Monday march to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. — a show of higher attendance than in recent years. Marchers, who walked from […]

School menus — Jan. 16

Clovis Elementary Monday: No school for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Tuesday: Breakfast — Whole wheat pancake and syrup. Lunch — Hamburger on a bun, corn on the cob, lettuce, tomato and pickle, fruit. Wednesday: Breakfast — Egg and cheese biscuit. Lunch — Grilled cheese sandwich, chicken noodle soup, finger veggies with dip, fruited jello. […]

Dr. King’s words still continue to inspire us

Freedom New Mexico Although making Martin Luther King’s birthday a national holiday was controversial — understandably so since he was a highly controversial figure during his lifetime — the holiday in one sense has become utterly ordinary. Instead of being celebrated on Dr. King’s actual birthday, Jan. 15, it falls on the Monday closest to […]

Nearly 600 attend Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Arts Academy at Bella Vista students ended their musical performance with a heart-shaped world. The message of their performance was that everyone contributes to equality. Liliana Castillo Organizers and attendees of the 19th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast were glad that the near 600 who attended were a […]

Youth focus of MLK day events

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Clovis Martin Luther King Jr. Commission Chair Joyce Pollard lines up winning posters for the commission members to see at their meeting Thursday at Clovis-Carver Public Library. Liliana Castillo Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations in Clovis and Portales are centered around teaching King’s philosophies to youth. Both cities have events […]

Portales mayor resigns as chamber of commerce executive director

Argen Duncan Portales Mayor Sharon King has resigned as Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce executive director. King said she didn’t know when her last day would be because she had committed to help train her replacement. She said she would stay until the chamber board of directors was comfortable with her leaving, but no later […]

Retired teacher stays active in city

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Joyce Pollard was born in Texas but moved to Clovis when she was 16. Longtime Clovis resident Joyce Pollard is best known for her work on the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission in Clovis but she has also served on several other committees in the community. She was instrumental in […]